Morris F. Roper, PhD

Title: Professor of Computer Science
Company: Pasadena City College
Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Morris F. Roper, PhD, Professor of Computer Science at Pasadena City College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering.

Dr. Roper started his service in the North American Missile Division. The missiles were the first line of defense against the Russians, and he had to have special clearance to work with them because some could have a nuclear warhead. He worked in the Flight Test Analysis Station. From there, he worked on the Apollo spacecraft and was one of the prime contractors for its development and design that went to the moon. During the time, they were looking for anyone with a math or science background. That’s where he came in as an engineer. Fortunately for Dr. Roper, engineers were in high demand. His specific assignment was with his friend, Hugh Lu, who was on the Apollo Reliability Assurance Design for the Deep Space Communication Network and the Stabilization and Control Division on the spacecraft, which would keep the astronauts upright on the spacecraft.

While Dr. Roper was in the U.S. Army, he served two years of active duty in artillery. He was the executive officer of the firing battery that housed 155 millimeters that could shoot 20 miles in support of the infantry if necessary. His unit was the 189 Field Artillery Battalion and he commanded Able Battery. His MOS (military occupation specialty) was reconnaissance and survey office. When they got ready to move ahead of the combat zone, his duty was to move ahead of the battalion. He went in first to tell the troops it was safe to go into the area they were going to. While Dr. Roper was a Reconnaissance and Survey Officer, he had 189 men in the battalion with three firing batteries and one service battery to support the troops. He was also assigned as the assistant intelligent officer for the entire battalion of 189 men. After his service, he continued in the military on the reserves for 10 years until 1961. As a testament to his successful service, Dr. Roper received a National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Bronze Battle Star, and a Korean National Defense Medal from the United States Army. He is listed in the 72nd edition of Who’s Who in America and the 20th edition of Who’s Who in the West.

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